Messier 23 (NGC6494) is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 2150 light years away in the constellation of Sagittarius.
It is referred to as M(23) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6494) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.
The Open Cluster's location is 17:56.8 (R.A.) and -19.0 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 6.9 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 7 with an apparent dimension of 27.0 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
(M23,NGC6494) is a open cluster. It was discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(17:56.8), Dec(-19.0) and its distance is calculated 2.15 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 6.9. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 27.0.
|Name||Messier 23 (NGC6494)|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1764|
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